8 days in Morocco Itinerary

8 days in Morocco Itinerary

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8 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  6 h
1
Rabat
— Few hours
Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Geneva

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Rabat

Rabat ©
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 19th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Chellah and then steep yourself in history at Kasbah des Oudaias.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rabat trip planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Rabat is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Geneva, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Rabat, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah

3
nights
Essaouira

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galerie la Kasbah and Chaim Pinto Synagogue. Do your shopping at Galerie l'Arbre bleu and GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD. Go for a jaunt from Essaouira to Sidi Kaouki to see Sidi Kaouki Beach about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira route planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rabat to Essaouira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rabat in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Essaouira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de Sidi Kaouki
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Horseback Riding Tours
Plage de Sidi Kaouki ©
Plage de Sidi Kaouki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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nights
Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Marrakech Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Berber Ecomuseum and Morocco Hiking. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Bahia Palace, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, examine the collection at Musee de Marrakech - Fondation Omar Benjelloun, and don't miss a visit to Ben Youssef Madrasa.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in October, you will find days in Marrakech are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

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